‘Loki’: How ‘Zodiac’ Influenced Shooting the Tva in Marvel’s Trippy God of Mischief Series

When cinematographer Autumn Durald Arkapaw (“Mainstream”) first interviewed with Kate Herron (“Daybreak”) about shooting “Loki,” it was the first time that a director presented her with a look book.

Normally, it’s the other way around during prep.

Of course, there were stills from “Blade Runner” and “Brazil,” but also “Zodiac,” which figured most prominently in discussions about the central location: the mysterious Time Variance Authority (Tva).

It was definitely a retro look for this trippy sci-fi noir about alternate timelines, Loki variants, and digging deeper into Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief.“When she showed me her references during the interview, I smiled because that’s what I was thinking and we obviously had the same taste,” said Arkapaw, who is rumored but unconfirmed to replace Oscar-nominated Rachel Morrison as the Dp on “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” “Tva especially had a ‘Zodiac’ vibe in the theater and corridors,” she added.

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